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The Astronauts: Surfin' With - Competition Coupe

1-CD mit 8-seitigem Booklet, 24 Einzeltitel. Spieldauer ca. 52 Minuten. 

Es gibt keine vernünftige Erklärung, warum eine der besten Surf Bands überhaupt ausgerechnet aus dem relativ meeresarmen Staat Colorado kam das aber ist Tatsache. Die Astronauts waren in ihrem Heimatstaat ungeheuer beliebt und eine grandiose Surf Band, ihrer Zeit weit voraus. Ihr Hit Baja zählt zu den besten Gitarreninstrumentals aller Zeiten. RCA muss sich eine Menge von dieser Band versprochen haben. Nicht weniger als sieben Alben mit den so wundervoll durchschnittlich aussehenden Typen wurden veröffentlicht und alles aufgrund einer einzigen Single, die nicht höher als auf Position 94 in den nationalen Pop-Charts kletterte. Auf insgesamt drei Einzel-CDs stellt Bear Family die vier besten RCA-Alben, einige unveröffentlichte Stücke und seltene Singles zusammen und zeichnet ein umfassendes Bild einer ungewöhnlichen, stets rockenden Band. 'Surfin With' (ihre erste und auf ihre Art klassische LP) und 'Competition Coupe' waren ihre beiden wirklich starken Studioalben und enthalten Glanzlichter wie Baja, Kuk (eine Art Wörterbuch der Surfer-Welt für das typische 'ho-dad'), Misirlou, Movin' und Competition Coupe.

'Everything...' und 'Astronauts Orbit Campus' sind Livealben und zeigen die Jungs in einer biergeschwängerten Nightclub Session, bei er sie Favoriten wie Wine Wine Wine , Bo Diddley, Shortnin' Bread sowie eine ausgezeichnete Version des Kingston Trio-Hits Greenback Dollar raushauen. Den Gnadenstoss versetzen wir Sammlern mit der erstklassigen 'Rarities'-Ausgabe, die neben ihrem ersten Hit für Palladium (Come Along Baby’ b/w Trying To Get To You) viele ihrer lokalen Hits, die nicht den Weg auf eines der RCA-Alben fanden, enthält: Hot Doggin', Surf Party, Ride The Wild Surf, Go Fight For Her, Swim Little Mermaid, The La La Song oder Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day. Als Paket bieten diese drei CDs wirklich das Allerbeste einer wegweisenden Band mit überwältigenden und zuvor nicht gesehenen Farbfotos auf mehr als 30 Seiten.

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Astronauts, The - Surfin' With - Competition Coupe CD 1
01 Baja The Astronauts
02 Surfin' U.S.A. The Astronauts
03 Miserlou The Astronauts
04 Surfer's Stomp The Astronauts
05 Susie Q The Astronauts
06 Kuk The Astronauts
07 Banzai Pipeline The Astronauts
08 Movin' The Astronauts
09 Baby Let's Play House The Astronauts
10 Let's Go Trippin' The Astronauts
11 Batman The Astronauts
12 Little Ford Ragtop The Astronauts
13 Competition Coupe The Astronauts
14 The Hearse The Astronauts
15 `55 Bird The Astronauts
16 Devil Driver's Theme The Astronauts
17 Happy Ho Daddy The Astronauts
18 Our Car Club The Astronauts
19 Devil Driver The Astronauts
20 Chevy Scarfer The Astronauts
21 4:56 Stingray The Astronauts
22 El Aguila (The Eagle) The Astronauts
23 650 Scrambler The Astronauts
24 Pipeline The Astronauts
The Astronauts There was the guitars, creamy white Fenders - Four of 'em countin' Stormy's... more
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There was the guitars, creamy white Fenders - Four of 'em countin' Stormy's bass (which looked like a ukelele on the gigundo one time state high school wrestling champ), matching suits sharper'n a tack and that big-as-the-Rockies reverb. That's what still rattles my noggin' years after first diggin' the Astronauts pound out thick surf licks on the old 'Hullabaloo' show. Sheercool, Colorado style. It certainly was odd that one of surf music's top touring attractions wasn't even from the coast, but with Baja as their calling card, the Astronauts let their music do the yakkin'. Their triple Fender reverbwhomp left many a SoCal picker speechless on their premier California club jaunt and before long they were makin' waves all over the USA.

The Astronauts fared particularly well on the college frat circuit and by '65 they were able to lay claim to having played over 100 schools at least once. But far and away the 'Nauts greatest glory came in January '64, a scant 3 weeks before the Beatles first hit our shores, when Colorado's finest jetted to Japan for a concert tour. Apparently, both Baja and the 'Surf in" LP held the #1 spot on the Japanese charts for an unprecedented 10 weeks and on their Oriental touchdown they were met by 10,000 surf crazy fans at the airport, no small potatoes considering they'd only been in the coastal racket for a few months. Hot Doggin' and Surf Party were first rate follow up singles to Baja and were both loaded with the same monstrous reverb as the hit, but neither charted for the Astronauts (though Surf Party was featured as the theme for the famed beach flick of the same name). Straight out basic rock & roll, the band would always contend, was their strong point and RCA figgered with all the hubbub over their in-person shows, a live LP would be a cool stop gap release for the fans until the flag went down for the Astronauts' hot rod platter to roll. Everything Is A-OK was cut back home in Colorado (the cover sez Boulder, but the MC announces Denver as the locale) at a brand spankin' new joint called the Club Baja named after the homeboys' bread n' butter tune.

Even if a few oddball choices like If I Had A Hammer and Stormy Monday Blues weren't exactly the most solid hoots for barnstormin' beaches, Everything shows the 'Nauts was a prime f rat stomp-shout-work-it-on-out band especially when they tear into foamy faves like Wine Wine Wine and What'd 1 Say. The crown wigger on the Club Baja recording's gotta be Shortnin 'Breadtaken at a truly nifty blast off tempo. For my long green, however, it's the band's fourth album Astronauts Orbit Kampusthat firmed the rep that had kids groovin' from Tallahassee to Tokyo. On this live outing (which was taped at the Tulagi Club where the Astronauts could neverdo wrong) they again offered all vocal covers of rock & roll standards yet there's more whomp delivered than on the earlier round and the three guitar drive is right on the money. Sticks & Stones and Good Golly Miss Mollyare flat out wild, Shop Around is dressed down to a two-chord shingaling and you gotta admit the usually torturous Summertime is damn cool when the A-Nauts rassle it. Hell, even the folkie standard Greenback Dol-lar is made to sound like Pipeline here. Yeah, Orbit Kampus is a fourth gear favorite and is probably the most representative full platter for showin' just what the Astronauts were all about. The 'Nauts had seen no king size hit since Baja and through most of '65 and '66 their singles were for the most part misfires (save for the fine Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Daywhich later clicked for the Monkees).

They scored three more teen flicks (Wild On The Beach, Out Of Sight and Wild Wild Winter) and even had their own local TV show for a spell, 'Countdown with the Astronauts,' but it was on the road where the later suc-cesses were to be found. They never waned in Japan with a continual string of sellout tours, hit stacked upon hit and enough clout in '66 to cut a Japanese-only live album. On the home front, the times most certainly were a-changin'. The British groups had rendered the Astronauts' collegiate image and short hair obsolete and even if Bob Demmon bragged to KRLA BEAT magazine in '66, "We did let it grow once and it didn't help our music a bit"the truth is they coulda used some help. Their albums took on an 'if you can't lick 'em, join 'em' pseudo Beatles slant and for their final album, 'Travelin' Men', they were hooked up with Gary Lewis' production team and never sounded stif-fer. By '67 the Astronauts were no more.

They'll always be known for Baja but as you can hear, the Astronauts rocket way beyond that. They made great albums and flop singles in an era of flop albums and great singles and left their mark in "every conceivable club, school auditorium and garage in the west"to quote the 'Orbit Kampus'liners. And you best believe any time a kid with an electric guitar cranks his reverb notch past five, he's tippin' his hat to the five boys from Boulder. Yeah dad, give these discs a spin and dig why the Astronauts will forever n' ever be A-OK.
Billy Miller, Kicks Magazine, June 1989





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Tracklist
Astronauts, The - Surfin' With - Competition Coupe CD 1
01 Baja
02 Surfin' U.S.A.
03 Miserlou
04 Surfer's Stomp
05 Susie Q
06 Kuk
07 Banzai Pipeline
08 Movin'
09 Baby Let's Play House
10 Let's Go Trippin'
11 Batman
12 Little Ford Ragtop
13 Competition Coupe
14 The Hearse
15 `55 Bird
16 Devil Driver's Theme
17 Happy Ho Daddy
18 Our Car Club
19 Devil Driver
20 Chevy Scarfer
21 4:56 Stingray
22 El Aguila (The Eagle)
23 650 Scrambler
24 Pipeline